Saturday, June 23, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Wednesday's letters: Waterfront living comes with a price

New flood insurance rules too big a risk | Sept. 8 column, John Romano

Waterfront comes at a price

I read with interest John Romano's outraged consumer advocacy piece opposing spreading the risk of insurance to those who have the most likelihood of damage.

It's like the middle-income driver who barely could afford a Porsche, Maserati or Lambor-ghini who now realizes: "Holy smoke, I have to insure and maintain this thing." Now he whines for a tax subsidy for his cost of repairs. Or like the person who buys the dream home ("they've wanted since the 1970s") on the water and wants the government (i.e. taxpayers who fund the government) to pay for his insurance. Oh, wait — that last bit, that's exactly what's happening.

I don't live on the water. I can't justify the expense, the maintenance or the risk. I'm real sorry about your dream from the 1970s that is now a costly nightmare. However, if you can afford the whole enchilada (i.e. the home and the insurance), don't ask me to pick up your tab through my government and subsidize your waterfront lifestyle. Sell and move inland!

J. Steele Olmstead, Tampa

Rates reflect risks | Sept. 9, letter to editor

Reclassified overnight

In response to the letter writer saying sky-high flood insurance is acceptable: What about those, including me, who purchased a home high and dry, no flooding ever and nothing to indicate otherwise, who had FEMA come through and reclassify the property into a dangerous flood zone?

My home sits 38 feet above sea level and I had the elevation certified. I wrote to FEMA and pleaded my case, and also wrote to U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis and U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson for help, but my house is 11 inches too low, according to the new parameters.

Like Citizens Property Insurance, there was no warning, no letter to help you understand this. Just a letter from the mortgage company saying you'd better pay or lose your home to us.

Florida is circling the drain, and I'm caught up in it.

Daniel Orsello, Tampa

Shootout caps wave of assaults | Sept. 7

Tampa Bay's finest

I want to take a moment to express my gratitude to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and the Tampa Police Department for their handling of the tragic incidents north of campus on Sept. 5 and 6. True to the excellent reputation of these two law enforcement agencies, these traumatic attacks committed by an individual from another county were handled with precision and professionalism.

The Tampa Bay area is extremely fortunate to have law enforcement agencies with such a high degree of training and expertise. We are even more fortunate to have leaders such as Sheriff David Gee and Chief Jane Castor to ensure that our safety system functions to the highest standards.

The entire USF community appreciates the hard work of all the men and women of law enforcement as we seek to make our community a better and safer place in which to learn and live.

Judy Genshaft, president, University of South Florida

Public paid for squalor | Sept. 8

The real moochers

I have often heard Republicans bemoan what they call the "moocher class," the poor, homeless, unemployed and underemployed. More than 25 percent of Floridians fall in this category. They resent their tax dollars paying for government programs that help the poor. The fact is that financial assistance given to the poor is simply passed through the poor to the very people who object to their tax dollars being used to assist the poor.

The most recent example is the Hillsborough Homeless Recovery Agency program that receives taxpayer funding to provide housing for the poor. The agency paid former Republican Party official William "Hoe" Brown $600,000 to provide squalid housing to the poor. The homeless and the taxpayers got ripped off. Once again the poor served their function as a conduit for public money to the wealthy.

Lynn W. Lindeman, Hudson

'Winter's just like me' | Sept. 1

Hospital or holding tank?

The article on Clearwater Marine Aquarium and the English lad should be a wakeup call for the aquarium and Clearwater. People come to CMA not for entertainment but because they have been told through Winter and publicity that CMA is a marine hospital. They come to see the dolphins, turtles, sharks, stingrays, etc. that have been saved. They come to support that effort. They come to see if it is really possible to overcome unbelievable injuries.

What they don't come for is to see another multimillion-dollar aquarium that holds animals in captivity to make a profit.

Carol Ann Logan, Clearwater

TIA boss gets raise to $330,750 a year | Sept. 6

Misplaced priorities

Would the flying public have voted for $65,000 in raises and a $500,000 five-year bonus for Tampa airport director Joe Lopano? Based on how we are treated curbside, I think not. So why is the airport authority so enamored of this person and deep-pocketed enough to lavish so much money on him? Lopano is probably doing a great job in most respects, but I think the real question may be why the airport isn't reducing ticket surcharges or landing fees. Instead the public is footing the bill for extravagant raises when most in the private sector aren't even seeing cost-of-living increases.

Bill Place, Tampa

Cancer care raises concern | Sept. 9

Think, act before illness

Families should not postpone "the discussion" until a serious diagnosis. As a retired long-term-care chaplain, I advise everyone to think through their preferences, discuss them with other concerned individuals and put them in writing. The "Five Wishes" document is available through Aging With Dignity and provides an excellent vehicle for discussion and decisions.

Martha Lamar, St. Petersburg

Florida's voter fraud phantom Sept. 8 editorial

Show evidence first

Shouldn't policies be fact based? Should we establish a "Bigfoot eradication program" just because a few politicians believe the beast exists?

Rick Scott and the Legislature should be required to show evidence of voter fraud before implementing measures to prevent it, laws that suppress the vote more than prevent nonexistent voter fraud.

Jesse Glover, Tampa


Monday’s letters: College instructors need classes in active shooter training

Active shooter perceptions disproven | June 21We need active shooter trainingThe only guns that I had seen before coming to the United States of America were in glass cases in museums. When I came to America to get a Ph.D. in English at the Unive...
Updated: 9 hours ago

Friday’s letters: What a new Rays ballpark would mean

Rays exec hints at stadium timeline | June 15What a new ballpark would doThe Tampa Bay Rays 2020 organization is working diligently with local business leaders and civic organizations to rally support for the Rays’ new ballpark in Ybor City. The ...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/22/18

Thursday’s letters: On immigration there has to be a better way

‘Zero tolerance’ ignites outrage | June 20Find better way on immigrationOver the years I’ve voted for candidates from both parties. My observation of the Trump administration’s policy on immigration is not about politics. It has to do with having...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/21/18

Wednesday’s letters: Charters and traditional public schools each have their place

Public school as public good | Letter, June 17Both kinds of schools can workAs a mother and grandmother of children raised in both traditional public and charter schools in Pinellas County (and a 25-year supporting-services employee for public sc...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/20/18

Tuesday’s letters: Keep programs that fight AIDS

For author Biden, it’s a father’s gift | June 6Keep programs that fight AIDSAfter former Vice President Joe Biden’s recent visit to St. Petersburg, I noticed an article that he co-wrote with former Sen. Bill Frist. It reminded everyone about the ...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/19/18

Is anyone watching the money?Hernando County’s budget shortfall is ever changing going from $6 million to $11.5 million to $14 million to what is assumed a final number of $12.6 million. Who knows the budget shortfall could change again.Who’s watchi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Re: County OKs solar zones | June 8Plea ignored at solar plant hearingThe Pasco County Commission on June 5 voted to identify a utility-sized solar electric plant as a "special exception" use on agricultural-zoned land in Pasco County. What thi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Monday’s letters: Skip those plastic bags and save the environment

To save our seas, overcome congressional apathy | Column, June 16Do your part and skip plastic bagsEvery day we read about the shame of our landfills and oceans filling up with plastic bags, yet most people don’t care. My wife and I always carry ...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

White House defends splitting up families as ‘biblical’ | June 15The suffering of the childrenI am a mother and attorney with more than 20 years of practice living in Tampa. For the past three years, I worked as a magistrate in a Unified Family C...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Saturday’s letters: Community-based care requires community involvement

Fix foster care, and do it quickly | Editorial, June 15Involve the community itselfWhile the detailed article about the scathing state review of Hillsborough County’s foster care problems touched on leadership, a critical point was not addressed....
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18